Final loss still eats at Lavarnway

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Final loss still eats at Lavarnway

Ryan Lavarnway had some great beginnings with the Red Sox.
He was called up to Boston on Aug. 18 and made his first big-league start that night in Kansas City as the designated hitter. Later, he started the final two games of the season, in Baltimore, at catcher with both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek banged up. In the first of those two games, an 8-7 Sox win, Lavarnway went 2-for-4 with four RBI, recording his first two career home runs, while throwing out Adam Jones trying to steal third base.But the ending . . .
In that final game, a crushing loss that eliminated the Sox from the postseason and capped a brutal September, very little went right . . . including Lavarnways 0-for-5, leaving-nine-runners-on-base performance. Batting behind Adrian Gonzalez, Lavarnway ended three innings after the Orioles intentionally walked Gonzalez to get to him.
Its been tough for Lavarnway to sit on that game for nearly four months.It was heartbreaking because I wanted it as bad as anyone else, he said. But I look at that and deem it in the month that we had. I just try to learn from it so we never have to feel like that again.Theres definitely a feeling of business unfinished that I have in the pit of my stomach and I think a lot of the players do, and I think we just want to go back this year. Obviously I wasnt around for the five months that they were the best team in baseball, but we want to go and prove that thats really the group that we are and that last month was really a fluke.